I've just discovered I have comments! 90% of them were spam about watches (since removed), which, while being spam, is at least inoffensive, so I should be thankful for small mercies. The site was supposed to notify me when people comment, but I think it's been quietly notifying itself and not telling anyone else. Or possibly just eating my emails.

But: yay, comments!

It's been a week for bizarre technology rebellion, though:

Our fax/copier/scanner/answering machine/coffee-grinder recently ran out of ink, and point blank refused to play back any recorded voice messages until we'd replaced said ink. Because ink is a vital ingredient in producing sound waves. When I mentioned this to friends, it seems that every multi-fuction doomsday device has a similar flaw. Someone's even refused to record voice messages for missed calls because it didn't have any paper. Not that paper was in any way involved with recording messages, except in the special mind of the multi-function-moron.

Windows 7 and XP 64, it seems, do not cope well with KVM's and new monitors (Keyboard/Video/Mouse - it's a little device that lets you run multiple computers with just the one keybord, mouse and monitor. Yes, I'm a geek who has more than one system running at a time. ) - switching between them results in one of:

  • one monitor being 'lost' to windows (Yes, I also run two monitors. It's not that bad. Pratchett runs with six.)
  • one monitor having crazy 640-480 resolution set that refuses to change to anything else without a system reboot
  • one monitor having deciding that while it can manage a 1920-1080 resolution, it is in fact only 500 pixels big, and will have to scroll to all other parts of the screen.

After several attempts at patching and various fixes, I've deemed it not possible and removed and returned the KVM, and resolve to combine the systems into a giant monstrosity that runs a bunch of virtual machines instead.

I've also discovered my fax/scanner/printer/cat stand has been lying to people about its ability to duplex things - my old printer was capable of reeling the paper back in, flipped it over and printing on the other side. It took forever, but it could do it without any interference from people. Selecting duplex on my new printer results in it printing every second page, and then popping up a cheerful little message telling me to take the printed pages, turn them around and put them back in the printer again and press 'resume'. Which I'll agree, does result in the pages being printed on both sides, but when the only effort it's actually saving me is having to count even and odd pages when I tell it what to print, I'm less than convinced. I'm surprised that a fairly compact six year old never-really-top-of-the-line printer was more advanced there than a multi-function monolith.

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